Maddie had given me her address the day before. I was outside her house at 7:55. I walked up to the door and rang the doorbell hoping I wouldn’t wake her mother. The door opened and there stood Maddie in a pair of faded skinny jeans and a burgundy figure-hugging sweater. Her dark hair was tied up into a messy up-do at the top of her head. She had on similar boots to the day when she hurt her ankle. They were burgundy this time with silver zips up the sides. The dangerously thin heels made me wince. She looked beautiful.
“Hi,” I grinned.
She scowled at me. “Please give me some time to wake up before talking to me.”
I chuckled and nodded.
As we drove, I began feeling a little nervous. I’d never told anyone about what I’d spent my Saturday mornings on. Not even my family. Cecilia knew that I was never to be bothered on Saturday mornings.
“Hi,” Maddie looked at me and smiled softly.
“Are you awake enough to talk now?” I smirked in amusement.
“Yes, sorry about that. I’m not the best in the morning.”
“You don’t have to apologize. Would you like to stop for some coffee?”
She shook her head. “I’d rather skip the coffee if it means we’ll get to where we’re going sooner.”
“We’ll be there soon. You have to promise me something?”
She looked at me skeptically. “It depends on what it is.”
“Smart girl,” I laughed. “You have to promise that you won’t tell anyone where I spend my Saturday mornings.”
“That I can do,” she smiled.
We reached the building where the magic happened. It wasn’t what Maddie was expecting. She looked confused. “Come on,” I murmured as I put the car into park and stepped out.
As we began walking, I noticed some of the children chatting outside before slowly making their way indoors.
“Where are we?” she asked curiously.
“This is a centre where underprivileged children are tutored on Saturdays. It’s a registered non-profit organisation. I stumbled onto this place when I first moved here, and I was so intrigued that I decided to participate. I spend my Saturdays here. Sometimes I teach Math but most of the time I deal with the books.”
“On weekends you do the books of a non-profit organisation?” she looked at me incredulously.
I nodded. “They’re always in need of teachers. That’s why I brought you here. If you really miss teaching and would like to try your hand at it, these kids will really value a few hours of your time.”
“Wow!” she was amazed. “I wasn’t expecting this,” she smiled brightly. “Where do I sign up?”
“I’ll introduce you around. Maybe for today you can sit with me and watch. From next week you can start teaching.”
“Thank you,” she said softly and grabbed onto my arm to stop me from walking. When I stopped, she moved closer. Her cheeks were flushed from what I assumed was the cold. Her eyes were bright with happiness. Since she’d moved here, I’d never seen that look on her face. She moved closer until she was hugging me. I wrapped my arms around her tightly. After a few minutes she moved away slightly and kissed my cheek. I was not expecting that. She ducked her head to hide her blush. I grinned.
“You’re welcome,” I winked. “Let’s go before we’re late.”